Thursday, December 24, 2009

gingerbread


Ok, I TRIED to like the gingerbread pop tarts. I WANTED to like the gingerbread pop tarts (especially since they only come in the big packs once a year), but the truth is...these things are gross. First off, they come unfrosted which I kind of think is a rip off to begin with. Who seriously likes unfrosted pop tarts?!? I forgave them though b/c the cute snowman print and sugar sprinkles on top made up it for it...or so I thought. I don't really like gingerbread, at all, which might be the underlying problem with this review, but here's my 2 cents anyways...

Toasted: This was probably the only way I could stomach them. This is also the one time I was thankful that the pop tart came unfrosted because it meant my flesh wouldn't stick to the frosting when I grabbed it out of the toaster.

Frozen: The absolute worst way to enjoy this pop tart. Take my advice, don't even try it.

As Is: I'm not into gingerbread, but if its your thing you will probably think they taste fine as is.

Pop Tart Fact: Pop Tarts are Kellogg's most popular brand to date in the United States, with millions of Pop Tarts sold each year.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas (a little early!)...


You're welcome.

Monday, December 21, 2009

winter wonderland

You really won't believe that I, of all people, would be saying this...BUT...I don't think I like snow anymore. And heres why:

Friday - Drive home & beat the snowstorm.
Miranda 1, Snow 0.

Saturday - 2 feet of snow ruins the family Christmas party I look forward to every year.
Miranda 1, Snow 1.

Sunday - The road that takes me back to the burg is closed & I have to take a 5 hour detour.
Miranda 1, Snow 2.

Monday - Go to work, park across the street on a sheet of ice, and walk in snow up to my knees to get inside.
Miranda 1, Snow 3.

Catch my drift?

So I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to have our family Christmas party. In all honesty, I can say it is definitely one thing I look forward to every year. I would say a huge part of why its so great includes: my aunt's deviled eggs, Nana's stuffed celery, and Aunt Donna's caramel apple cheesecake. But really, the biggest reason its so great is because its the one time out of the entire year that I get to see my Mom's side of the family...which means I get to spend time with this crazy cousin of mine (photo taken from last year's Christmas party)

I was grateful to at least get to spend a little time with my immediate family. And by a little time, I mean less than 48 hours. It was really nice just to see them though and to know that I will be back home again on Wednesday!

Want to know one of my favorite things about being home? It may come as a surprise, but I really love grocery shopping with my Dad. And its not just because he buys me eggnog ice cream, chocolate muffin tops, and marshmallow lovers hot cocoa (though all of those things are great) I think what I love most about it is that for that hour, or however long we are in the store, I have his complete attention. No distracting computers, tvs, or phones (ok, sometimes the phone, but not always). I don't know, I just really like it. Dad started doing the grocery shopping years ago and it is a rare occasion that he goes without me tagging along. Call me crazy but I think its fun.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

10

10 foods from 10 countries to try in 2010:

Big MacUnited States

I know, I know…how can I even call myself an American?! But its true, I’ve never had a Big Mac. 540 calories of “two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun” – what’s not to love?

MacaronFrance

Not to be confused with coconut macaroons (which I have had and LOVED) - these are French pastries. They are made from two thin cookies with a cream/ganache center. And best of all…they are come in bright colors!

Princess CakeSweden

One of my biggest goals as an aspiring baker is to make a Swedish Princess Cake. Not only are they beautiful, but they sound SO delicious. The cake is made from alternating layers of cake, pastry cream, and jam, and topped with marzipan. Here’s a little history about the Princess Cake.

Potato Pancakes (Latkes)Germany

I’m not really sure how I haven’t had these before, because I feel like most people have, but for whatever reason I haven’t and I want to. They seem simple enough – grated potato & egg fried in a pan.

Pineapple Bun (Buo Luo Bao)China

Yes, a huge part of the reason I want to try this bread is because it is in the shape of a cute little turtle! From what I understand it’s a Chinese pastry that is similar to a sugar cookie in bread form. And little known fact…the traditional version does not even use pineapple. Not sure where the pineapple part came from…

Fried PlantainJamaica

Pretty self explanatory…a plantain, fried. I’ve never even had a regular plantain before, but I like bananas and they are similar, right?

Tea & crumpetsEngland

Crumpets are similar to English muffins in looks & texture, but they are actually made from flour and yeast and are supposedly pretty bland on their own (which is why they are usually served with butter, jam, clotted cream, etc.) I think drinking tea and eating crumpets would make me feel sophisticated.

Fairy BreadAustralia

A quick way to induce a sugar coma would be to consume fairy bread. Basically, it is white bread, spread with butter, and covered in sprinkles (which the Australians call “hundreds of thousands”) Traditionally it is cut into triangles and served at kid’s birthday parties, but sometimes you can find them in fun shapes too.

LycheeMadagascar

A lychee is described as a “fragranced fruit with a sweet taste.” The only place I’ve ever seen them in real life is at the toppings bar for Pinkberry which makes me believe they must be good if they are offered as topping for frozen yogurt.

Peanut SatayThailand

I’ve never had Thai food, but the combination of grilled chicken and spicy peanut sauce really intrigues me.


Yes, I realize that most of my “must-try” food options are either a) fried or b) sweets. You only live once you know.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

blueberry muffin

What's the difference between a blueberry muffin pop tart and a frosted blueberry pop tart? I was asking myself the very same question, so I tried the new blueberry muffin pop tart for myself. I gotta say, in a weird way, it really does taste similar to a bluberry muffin. I think the main difference lies on the inside, which is creamy and not quite as tart as the regular blueberry muffin.

Toasted: Before I even took a bite, I already hated the blueberry muffin pop tart toasted. Why? Because I burnt my fingers on the frosted top trying to take the stupid thing out of the toaster. No wonder they put those warning labels on the boxes…the inside was gooey, messy, and spilled all over the place.

Frozen: It was good, not a standout by any means, but yummy nonetheless.

As Is: Like I said, I don’t know how they did it but the taste really imitated a blueberry muffin.

Pop Tart fact: Post originally came up with the idea for the poptart and called them “Country Squares” – original.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

c is for cookies

One of my favorite things about Christmas is Christmas cookies. Don’t tell, but sometimes I think I even prefer cookies over cupcakes. There is just something so good about them! If I had to pick my favorite cookie I would say it’s a tie between Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip and Caitlin’s grandma’s spritz cookies. I’d probably even throw Levain Bakery’s chocolate chip walnut cookies up there.

Last night we had a big cookie swap with the girls. It was fun and super delicious! I made “Irresistible Graham Cracker Cookies.” Jess found the recipe for me a la a Kroger graham cracker box and let me just tell you I treated this recipe like gold. I thought for sure this was some sort of overlooked secret. Ehhhh…I was wrong. It’s not that they were bad, they just weren’t spectacular. But just listen to these ingredients – graham cracker, coconut, walnuts, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips…doesn’t that just sound like a recipe for success? Truth is, I found them to be pretty “resistible” esp. compared with the lime meltaway, chewy ginger, and peppermint pinwheel cookies I found myself surrounded with last night. Yum!

Oh – I almost forgot – Loisann came to visit me this weekend! It was so much fun to just spend the weekend shopping, eating, watching movies, pampering ourselves, and doing all sorts of other fun girl things that best friends do. We even decorated these gingerbread men…what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

unraveling

So ever since I've been back in Lynchburg I feel like I've been slowly unraveling and last night I finally came undone. It kind of happened in 3 stages (my mental breakdown that is) First, I came home and all of our power was out. Awesome. Let me just preface all of this by saying that, even though I haven't publicly admitted this on my blog, I've pretty much struggled with being here in Lynchburg since the day I got back. And I know its my own fault. I just have not felt contentment or peace here at all and every morning I wake up and let Satan steal my joy. I'm just so convinced that I left my heart in NYC. Lately I've had this "just deal with it" attitude and that is wrong on so many levels. I know the Lord has me here for a reason and my restlessness is because I have simply "dealt" with my situation and not been joyful. Last night's power outage just confirmed my hate for Lynchburg. Enter phase two - I get home from my friend Emily's house and our power is STILL out. This is the part where I call home crying (oh that is before my phone DIES) and beg for my parents to bring me back home to the beach. I finally calm down and just go to bed...what else am I going to do in the pitch black? Then comes my favorite part, when I wake up in the middle of the night (or who knows what time it really is...remember my phone died) freezing. And you wanna know something even better? Somehow our apartment was freezing cold but the food in the fridge was not. There goes $40 bucks in groceries. Between you and me, I don't exactly make "bank" so 40 bucks is a lot. Plus, if I had known the fridge wasn't going to be cold I could have slept in there. So that, my friends, is where I completely lost it. I mean I sat on the floor and just cried. I think I cried enough tears to fill a bathtub. Then I woke up this morning, our power was back (after we manually played with the breakers), I read my Bible and substituted my usual breakfast yogurt with an apple (never trust leaving refrigerated items on your back porch to keep them cold) and this is what I read...

"Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all." - 2 Corinthians 4:17

Wow. Thanks God. From now on I'm fighting Satan for my joy in the mornings. Pray for me, k?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

tubby cakes!

Food blogger (and lets be honest, my close friend), Katie Hudson, blogged about my cupcakes tonight. Read what she had to say about them here - Food Check, Please

Follow her blog & then go order some tubby cakes.


Yes, this post is a shameless plug for my bakery.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

2X MINE

I love this story...

A little boy made a boat
Made it out of wood
Put it on the river
String tied the two together
But the current broke the string
And the boat drifted away

A little boy made a promise
With teardrops in his eyes
That someday he'll reclaim the boat
And bring back the two together

And it didn't take too long
When he saw the boat
In the window of the store
So he saved all his money
And he bought the boat
And as he walked away
You could hear him say

Now you're mine, mine
Two times you're mine
Once because I made you
Twice because I bought you
Now you're mine, mine
Two times you're mine
Bought once because
I Love You so

God made the man
Made it out of love
Put it on the world of love
And love blinds the two...together

But the man broke that love
And the man drifted away

God made a promise
From His throne on high
That one day He'll reclaim the man
And bring back the two together

And it didn't take too long
He sent Jesus His only Son
Then Jesus crucified
On the cross that day
And as He suffered
You could hear Him say

Now you're mine, mine
Two times you're mine
Once because I made you
Twice because I bought you
Now you're mine, mine
Two times you're mine
Bought once because
I Love You so

Monday, November 30, 2009

19 hours.

Why 19 hours? Oh that is just the number of hours I spent in a car this weekend. I think I will be completely content if I never have to get in a car again. However, it was all worth it for the amazing Thanksgiving "break" I had. I say "break" in quotation marks because when you have a real job you don't really get anymore "breaks." I went home the night before Thanksgiving right after work which was just in time for me to catch rush hour at every major city between here and my home - woohoo. As soon as I got home I joined my mom in the kitchen for some serious baking. I made three new flavors of cupcakes - gingerbread, eggnog, & chocolate candy cane - all available at Lil Tubbies Bake Shop. I think they turned out pretty good...


Thanksgiving was delicious as usual, but it was a little sad because my dad's side of the family is spread out everywhere so we did not get to spend the holiday with everyone. Friday morning Brie and I got up early, as in 8 am, for a quick shopping spree before we headed up to National Harbor with my aunt and uncle. Let me just say that National Harbor (though it was freezing) was AWESOME. We stayed at the Gaylord Hotel and I think it is one of the prettiest hotels I have ever been to. It was all decked out for Christmas and they had a tree lighting, fireworks, a choir, fake snowfall, a "dive-in" movie theater at the pool where they played Christmas movies, and a fountain light show every night. And my favorite part was the Peeps hide and seek - they had peeps hidden all over the hotel atrium.

Here is what the atrium looked like during the day...
A peep hanging out on the roof!
A night shot...

On our first night at the hotel we went out and explored all the little shops at National Harbor which is where I discovered my favorite store EVER...the Peeps store!!Then we of course tried out the local cupcakes from Cake Love. I gotta say I was not impressed. Maybe I'm turning into a cupcake snob but they just didn't do it for me and they paled in comparison to NYC cupcakes. From left to right is red velvet, chocolate raspberry, german chocolate, lemon swirl, and peanut butter banana. I wouldn't recommend any of them...they serve them cold and preface your cupcake experience by saying that they taste best at room temperature. I took that little preface as an excuse as to why their cupcakes sucked. We tried them cold and then again at room temp...they didn't get any better. Nice try Cake Love.The next day we got up and went to a little Christmas market in the middle of National Harbor, revisited the Peeps store (how could you resist?!), and then went to the ICE! exhibit. It was so cool...literally! The place was 9 degrees so you had to wear special parkas (those trendy blue things you will see in the pictures below) and you got to go through an entire museum of ice sculptures. Apparently these Chinese artisans flew in and did all of the sculptures by hand. They even had an ice slide! When we went in I wanted to get my picture with a penguin and I got a little too excited and accidentally knocked his nose off. Oops! Now I know why my mom always made me keep my hands to myself in stores. Here's the moment captured on camera...

My uncle with the penguin (notice the nose)
Right after my accident - note my look of shock.
The nose!

Ummmm...hope I don't get in trouble for that! Accidents happen...haha. Later that night we took a light show of DC which I interpreted to be a light show, like Christmas lights. It turns out it was a 4 hour history lesson. Think 8th grade DC field trip and sub zero temperatures. Yep. We made the best of it though. The next morning we packed up our things and headed back. My aunt and uncle are seriously the best, Brie and I had SO much fun. I wish I was going to the Peeps store tomorrow instead of work...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

new york state of mind

Today I miss NYC...more than usual. I miss Amanda, Alexa, and Lizzie and my old life in the city. I'd give just about anything right now to get back. I was really happy there.

Monday, November 23, 2009

new kicks


My new shoes came in today and there could not have been more perfect timing. On this rainy Monday I was seriously lacking motivation to get to them gym. Not anymore! They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. Ever.

Coming Soon: An ode to my old running shoes (may they rest in peace)


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

wannabe

I’ll admit it…I’m a wannabe. And my newest obession? Running (gasp!) It all sort of happened last week after Jess and I were leaving Zumba, another one of my current obsessions. We were on our way out when we saw a sign for the Jingle Bell Fun Run and without much hesitation we said, “Ok, lets do it.” This is not unlike us at all. Two years ago we signed up, dressed like ninja turtles, and ran a midnight 5k on the day of the race. When we got home that night we researched 5ks, 4-milers, half marathons, and most importantly, race training programs. I’ve been wanting to run a half marathon for a while now, specifically the Princess Half Marathon in Disney World, but when I asked my doctor if I could run one he said “No.” Ummm…back up, what you really mean is SHOULDN’T run one. Saying I “can’t” run one is just setting me up for a challenge. I blame high school sports for ruining running for me. Not only did they physically destroy my knees, but the sprint, sprint, hurl, sprint, repeat exercises in field hockey and soccer mentally forced me to associate bad thoughts with running as well. Darn those bum knees – such a sweet story that started with MRI visits and ended with knee braces. Anyways, in true wannabe fashion Jess and I got up on Saturday morning and headed over to Riverside Runners to get fitted for some new kicks. We explained to the girl helping us that we were training, and we looked at things like flavored energy shots to make us seem legit. Afterwards we headed down to the Blackwater Creek Trails for our first training sess. Jess and I make a good pair when training b/c she is naturally pessimistic and I am naturally optimistic – so we find a healthy balance between “we aren’t going to make it to the finish line” and “we are going to get first place!!!” The race we finally settled on is in Raleigh in February and the proceeds go to cancer research, which is great for us because cancer has hit us close to home.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

banana split


Ok, I've been majorly slacking on the pop tart project, but cut me some slack - in the past few weeks I moved & got a new job. This pop tart definitely makes up for my laziness. I say this probably makes my top 3 so far for sure. And can I preface this post by asking...could you possibly think of a better pair than banana and chocolate? The answer is NO my friends (though Tina Fey & Amy Poehler make a close second) Onto the goods...

Toasted: All I can say is YUM...having the flavors melt together only enhances the goodness that is the banana split pop tart.

Frozen: It tastes exactly like Dippin Dots banana split ice cream (my fav) Seriously. So good.

As Is: Awesome. Delicious. Amazing. And all in one package. Try to eat just one, I dare you.

Pop Tart Fact: In 2001, the United States military dropped 2.4 million Pop Tats in Afganistan during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.

*I cannot confirm this fact, aka I stole it from another blog...
http://casualslack.blogspot.com/2006/08/pop-tarts.html

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

catch 22

I'm sick. Sicker than sick. Laying-down-almost-in-the-fetal-position-as-I-type-this sick. The only reason I am even writing right now is because a) I cannot sleep and b) I'm trying hard to make light of my current situation. You know what the worst kind of sick is? The kind you can't avoid. Sure you can prevent a cold if you bundle up outside, and avoiding mono is easy if you have your own chapstick, but what do you do when the medicine you have to take makes you sick? Nothing. Its a catch 22. If I don't take my medicine, the long-term effects are probably much worse than the crippling symptoms I'm feeling now...but can I survive like this? Forgive me for going Michael Moore here but I can't help but think it's some sort of medical conspiracy. Wouldn't you? I don't think it helps that Hurricane Ida has brought a gloomy storm to our area. That kind of weather doesn't make anyone feel good. Oh well, what can you do? Cry? Tried that, didn't help. I really just want my mom.

Enough doom and gloom. I think its about time I finally updated everyone on my new job. I LOVE IT. Seriously, it is really great. I look forward to going to work and I really like the people I work with. It is so neat to be a part of a team with so many talented people. Everyone I work with is SO good at what they do - it amazes me. I have lots of work to do everyday, but my dad says thats a good thing. Work = a job after all. But really, I have no complaints. Last weekend I got to work at the Bridal Showcase where I sampled pretty much every wedding cake available. Like I said, no complaints here :)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

these are my confessions...

I hope the people at work do not think I have a bladder problem. Truth is, I don’t really have to go to the bathroom that often…I guess I’m just scared of dying. I read an article in Women’s Health magazine that said, “The longer you spend sitting each day, the more likely you are to die an early death – no matter how fit you are.” I spend 8 hours a day sitting. Can I get a definition of “early”?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

today's exercise: running late

So this morning my efforts to not run late for work failed. When I worked in NYC I walked to work most mornings, usually (& thankfully) over-estimating my walk. You see, with walking, you never really know how long it will take because there are so many determining factors – how fast you are walking, crowds, sights to see, and I think we all remember how distracting cupcake trucks can be! With driving though, I pretty much know down to the minute how long it will take me to get to work. So if it takes me x amount of minutes to get to work, I usually leave my apartment with x amount of time to spare. This morning as I was making my coffee (keep in mind this is instant coffee – made with the purpose of keeping me awake and not a barista creation I made for my own personal enjoyment) I may have been in a slight rush and knocked over a glass that, of course, shattered all over the kitchen floor and my bare feet. I cleaned up the mess and tried not to cry – I’m pretty sure playing Street Fighter 2 for an hour with Allison last night helped toughen me up. Then I grabbed my cup of instant coffee and got myself to work. When I pulled into the parking lot “Party in the USA” was on so I sat in my car long enough to finish belting the chorus. I was running late already anyways. I got to work and didn’t look at the clock but I’m pretty sure I was right on the money for time so I was feeling pretty good…until I went to plug in my computer and saw WW2 bloodshed all over my feet and my favorite shoes!!! Good thing I planned ahead. Cute shoes are never comfortable so I had slipped a few band-aids in my bag for the blisters I knew would result in my shoe choice. Awesome. I then proceeded to google "how to remove glass pieces from feet" which was very helpful. So needless to say, I’ve had quite the morning. I think I will reward this morning’s bravery with the leftover Halloween candy I bought on Sunday. I’m pretty sure the only thing better than Halloween is the day after Halloween. If you happen to have extra caramel apple & pumpkin spice Hershey kisses laying around then feel free to try out my latest recipe. Brie said they taste like fall in your mouth!

AWESOME AUTUMN COOKIES

Ingredients:

2 ¼ cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup butter (softened)

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

¼ cup sugar

1 package instant vanilla pudding mix

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

½ cup caramel bits

10-12 caramel apple Hershey kisses (chopped)

10-12 pumpkin spice Hershey kisses (chopped)

2 tablespoons white sugar

¼ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a small bowl, mix together pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons of white sugar. Set aside.
3. Unwrap and chop hershey kisses into bits. Set aside.
4. In a medium bowl, sift together flour and baking soda. Set aside.
5. Cream together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar in a large bowl.
6. Beat in pudding mix.
7. Add vanilla and eggs, beating after each egg.
8. Blend in the flour mixture.
9. Stir in caramel bits & chopped hershey kisses.
10. Roll dough into small balls and roll the balls in the sugar mix, until completely covered.
11. Place cookie dough 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
12. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

* The caramel apple kisses are super sticky, but don’t get frustrated and give up when chopping them – they taste amazing in the cookies!


* Also, if you have caramel bits on the bottom of your cookie dough ball, consider putting a little flour on the cookie sheet. The caramel bits have a tendency to stick.

Friday, October 30, 2009

halloween costume guide

With Halloween right around the corner (and by around the corner, I mean tomorrow) I thought it was only appropriate that I dedicated a blog post to past costumes. After all, I've practically spent the past 5 years of my life playing dress up.

Pop Tart
Butterflies
Leg Lamp
Jellyfish
Nerds
Batman
Mike Wazowski
Woody & Jesse
Spartan Cheerleaders
Native American
Gwen Stefani & the Harajuku Girls
Cat in the Hat
Granny

Monday, October 26, 2009

room with a view

New life. New view. New blog title.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

real life. take one.

Just a little inspiration from a classic 90's movie...

"Beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it's the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up. And it will, too..." - Hope Floats (1998)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

teacher's pet

Tonight I had dinner with my 6th grade social studies teacher, Mrs. Moss. She is one of my all-time favorite teachers. Ever. It is so crazy that now, 10 years later, I would be going out to dinner with her. Don't be so quick to judge, I am by no means a teacher's pet. To be honest, I spent more time outside of classrooms than inside (ignore this Mom) but there are just some teachers that are so special and go out of their way to make learning fun and she is definitely one of those teachers. It was so fun to catch up with her and laugh about old memories. I owe facebook a big thank you for the mini reunion that took place tonight. My new favorite thing to do on facebook is look up my old teachers. My friends Maura and Domonique can vouch for me when I say that it provides lots of entertainment. In fact, I recently told Maura that I love when teachers have facebook because then they can see that I didn't turn out to be as much of a screw-up as they thought (I'm talking to you Dukie Barner!!) That is all.

Monday, October 19, 2009

i've gone country

This weekend I went up to LU to have a little reunion with my bffs for homecoming. It was so much fun getting to see everyone and catch up. On Saturday, my dream of visiting an apple orchard was finally fulfilled! This is a big accomplishment because recently I have been complaining to my mom about all of the "country" things I have never done before. This list includes, but is not limited to: owning cowboy boots, apple picking, camping in a tent, going through a corn maze, and making a ring out of a peach pit. I am from Virginia, ya know. My mom's response was simply, "I wanted to raise you girls in the country..." Awww don't beat yourself up about it Mom, I'd rather be around the corner from a mall than a corn field any day.

Anyways, Jess & her parents took me out to Bedford for the Apple Festival at Gross Orchard. It was quite the experience. For starters, on the half hour drive over we saw a dead black bear. I repeat, a dead black bear. I think the last time I saw a black bear that close was at the zoo in DC. Sweet. The rest of the day was filled with lots of firsts - I picked an apple off a tree for the first time, taste tested fried apple pie & brunswick stew, and tried out a marshmallow shooter. I loved every minute of it. Seriously, it was great. It kinda felt like I was in a different country. I stuck out like a sore thumb. Mrs. Carniol bought us a jar of apple butter for a souvenir before we left so I got to bring a piece of the country goodness home...yum.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

working girl

First off, read this post with the sound on. I believe the song is highly appropriate and fitting to my latest news. Ok, continue reading...

Well guys, I did it! I FINALLY landed a big girl job! And its a legit job (no fast food or retail for me) and I am pretty stoked. My position is two fold which is short for "I may be in over my head," but in a good way. My professional titles are Editorial Assistant and Social Media Manager. Whoa, I feel so grown up. I move next weekend and I am working with some GREAT, AWESOME, AMAZING people that I am so excited to serve alongside. And even though its bye bye beach I am anxious to start a new phase of life. As with any new phase of life, celebration ensues. This means its time for a few new accessories. New lipstick? Check. New heels? Check check. And my favorite of all...NEW DESK SUPPLIES! I was beginning to get a little sad when Back to School shopping came and went and I did not have a single excuse to buy anything. I will be making up for that this next week. I already found a few must-have desk items...